FC Barcelona right-back and Manchester United transfer target Dani Alves could turn down a move to the Premier League in favour of making the switch to MLS, according to The Guardian.
The Brazilian defender has made a staggering 393 La Liga appearances during his time with Sevilla and Barcelona but has yet to agree a new deal with the Spanish giants which has left the Red Devils keeping a close eye on developments.
However, because Dani Alves is now 32 years of age, The Guardian’s Tor-Kristian Karlsen believes that the attacking full-back may be “somewhat past his prime” and is a “possible recruitment for an MLS side”.
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During his time in Spain, Alves has won five La Liga titles, two Champions League’s and three Copa Del Rey’s among other honours and would therefore demand a high weekly wage if he were to make the move to MLS.
Because of that factor, he would certainly have to join on a Designated Player contract. There are currently eight teams in Major League Soccer with Designated Player slots available, including expansion franchise New York City FC, where Alves’ former teammate David Villa is plying his trade.
The other expansion franchise, Orlando City, are owned by Brazilian man, Flávio Augusto da Silva. Ex-international compatriot Kaka and midfielder Pedro Ribeiro are also both at Orlando, so Alves could be persuaded by his fellow countrymen to join them in the USA.
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Newly promoted Bournemouth are planning an offer for Burnley right-back Kieran Tripper in order to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to his signature, according to Sky Sports’ Amy Lewis.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a whole range of Premier League clubs following the Clarets’ relegation from the top flight, including Southampton.
Trippier began his career at the Manchester City youth academy and had loan spells with Barnsley before joining Burnley on a permanent basis in 2012 after a successful season long loan.
The Englishman has played in every single one of Burnley’s Premier League games this season and although he couldn’t help Sean Dyche’s side avoid the drop, his performances have still been impressive enough to draw the attention of other clubs.
Arsenal are inundated with right-backs, so are unlikely to pursue a move for Trippier, while Southampton and Liverpool could both be in desperate need to fill the position.
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The Saints could be looking for a replacement for Nathaniel Clyne who has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United and Glen Johnson is expected to leave Liverpool when his contract expires.
However, Bournemouth have now emerged as favourites to land the defender and Trippier could be tempted with a move to the south coast having previously worked under Cherries manager Eddie Howe when he was at Burnley in the 2011/12 season.
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Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne has dropped a major hint that he could be heading for the St Mary’s exit door this summer, especially if the Saints don’t qualify for Champions League football.
“I’m an ambitious person and want to try and win the title and play in the Champions League. It’s nice to hear teams are interested in you.” Clyne said according to the Express.
The news that Clyne is desperate to play in a team that can challenge for the title and offer him a chance to play in Europe’s elite competition will put Manchester United on red alert as they seek top quality strength in depth.
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The 24-year-old right-back has been a mainstay in the Premier League‘s most formidable defence this season as Southampton have conceded fewer goals than any other team, with Clyne’s consistency one of the key reasons behind their success.
Clyne has made 29 league appearances for the Saints and a recent call-up to the England sqaud has made him highly sought after considering he still has his best years ahead of him.
Southampton would undoubtedly demand a hefty transfer fee for the Englishman who joined from Crystal Palace in 2012 and we could expect an offer that they would consider reasonable to be in a similar region to the £27 million fee that United paid the Saints for Luke Shaw.
Ronald Koeman has insisted that Southampton will do everything they can to retain the services of their best players and will be keen to avoid another summer exodus.
“We know it’s not easy as maybe there is some interest. At the moment, there is not a serious bid for whichever player in the team, but we’ll do everything to keep them.”
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